Clemente - St Vincent de Paul Society QLD
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    A tuition-free, university accredited program designed to help build aspirations and confidence.

    Clemente is a tuition-free, university accredited program designed to help build aspirations and confidence through education. The program is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has encountered trauma or setback in their lives.

    Clemente aims to:

    • make university education accessible to disadvantaged Australians
    • enhance participants self-confidence through learning, bringing about personal change
    • promote a positive view of the future for those who have been marginalised from society, enabling them to re-engage with society
    • use the potential of education to change lives and promote social inclusion
    • engage in collaboration with a range of organisations for the benefit of disadvantaged Australians.

    An integral part of the Clemente program, and vital to its success, is the support, guidance and assistance students receive from volunteer learning partners and mentors throughout the course of their study.

    The Clemente program in Queensland currently operates in South Brisbane.

    Clemente South Brisbane

    Clemente in South Brisbane operates in partnership between the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland (Vinnies), Australian Catholic University (ACU), Sisters of Mercy Brisbane, and Micah Projects.

    Students undertake a Certificate of Liberal Studies at no cost through ACU.  Subjects such as Arts, Communication, Ethics, Political Science and Indigenous Australian history are offered.

    On successful completion of four units, students are awarded a Certificate of Liberal Studies which can be used to apply for University entrance.

    There are two intakes each year in February and July – for more information on how to apply, please email

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